Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Jan. 15

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 11:21:44-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 41 Action News is offering a daily recap of COVID-19 related stories from across Kansas City and the country. Check back every morning for the latest developments.

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University of Kansas Health System daily update

The University of Kansas Health System has 66 patients with acute COVID-19 infections. Of those, 21 are in the ICU and 10 are on a ventilator. Another 54 patients are in the recovery phase of COVID-19.

Dr. Gregory Poland with the Mayo Clinic's vaccine research program joined doctors to go in-depth on the COVID-19 vaccines and how they differ, the side effects and what the future of the rollout might look like.

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KCMO projects $50M deficit in current budget, blames COVID-19 pandemic

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, is projecting a $50 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year due to lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Quinton Lucas said the deficit will not be made up with tax increases. The city has a rainy day fund and might look at ways to reduce the cost of street lighting.

COVID-19 vaccine allocation: How Kansas distributes doses

Some Kansas counties are receiving more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than others, even though they have smaller populations. Gov. Laura Kelly said that factors like case rates and vaccine storage capabilities are taken into account.

Unemployment woes spark need for PPP loans for small businesses

Local businesses are looking forward to another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans to keep their employees from joining the ranks of the skyrocketing number of unemployed Americans.

Missouri moves to new phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Gov. Mike Parson moved Missouri to the Phase 1B - Tier 1 portion of COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday. First responders are now being vaccinated, to be followed by adults 65 or older next week.

KS Gov. Laura Kelly tours Wyandotte County COVID-19 vaccination facility

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly toured Wyandotte County's mass COVID-19 vaccination and testing facility on Thursday and wants to see similar operations across the state.

Hy-Vee to offer $25 COVID-19 antibody testing

Hy-Vee will start offering COVID-19 antibody testing at 250 pharmacies for $25. Those who are tested should receive their results the same day.

Kansas City Symphony delays in-person attendance for January performances

The Kansas City Symphony will not allow in-person attendance for performances scheduled in January. The symphony had previously announced it would allow 20% capacity.

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